Police Officer II Gene Valgene Williams

Police Officer II Gene Valgene Williams

Maui County Police Department, Hawaii

End of Watch Monday, August 9, 1999

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Gene Valgene Williams

Officer Williams was killed after being struck by a vehicle while directing traffic. He was working the off-duty job directing traffic at a roadway construction site at approximately 3 a.m. when he stopped a vehicle. A pickup truck, being driven by a drunk driver, struck that vehicle from behind, rupturing the gas tank. The car burst into flames and rolled onto Officer Williams, trapping him underneath.

After the cars burst into flames, the driver of the pickup truck fled on foot. He was later captured and charged with negligent homicide, failure to render aid, and driving under the influence. The 25-year-old driver, an illegal Mexican immigrant, was convicted of negligent homicide and sentenced to 10 years with an order that he be deported to Mexico upon completion of his sentence. Officer Williams was the first Maui officer to be killed while directing traffic since 1941.

Officer Williams had served as an intelligence agent for the U.S. Army and had been with the Maui Police Department for four years. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 38
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Sentenced to 10 years

directing traffic

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I had the locker next to yours in Lahaina Station and numerous times I locked it up for you after you had left work to rush home to your family after shift. I never mentioned it to you and always laughed to myself when I was locking up your police gear. I can honestly say Gene I do not think I ever saw you without a smile on your face brother. I was in HPD Academy the day you passed and could not process that you had left us so soon. RIP Brother Gene. You were a great public servant as a Police Officer and as a Soldier. God Bless.

MPO Gordon Grant
MPD/HPD/USMC Federal Police

June 1, 2021

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